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Earthquake jolts north of Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Tremors of an earthquake were felt in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other northern areas of the country Wednesday afternoon, local media reported.

According to initial reports, the epicenter of the earthquake was in Afghanistan’s Kabul. Its magnitude was 5.0, while the depth was recorded 175 kilometers. Weather experts say it was a strong one as tremors were felt as far as Islamabad.

People felt the vibrations in Peshawar, Lahore, Bajaur, Swat, and other areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well.

So far, no loss of life or property has been reported.

Earlier, Islamabad and northern parts of the country were jolted by an earthquake on Jan 14, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

The earthquake’s magnitude was recorded at 5.6, the PMD said, adding that it had originated in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region at a depth of 100 kilometers around 9:13 pm.

Tremors were reported in the federal capital and its adjoining areas, as well as in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mansehra, Hazara, Balakot, Battagram, Torghar, Haripur, Abottabad, Swat, Malakand, and Shangla areas.

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